ARC Review: "The Villain in my bed" by D.S. Wrights

The Villain In My Bed by D.S. Wrights
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

In a world where superhuman heroes and villains exist, is a simple victim of domestic violence is too unimportant to draw attention of a savoir?

When Alana finally manages to escape from the brutal clutches of her jealous and abusive boyfriend, she takes on house-sitting a small and secluded estate to hide out and hopes for Tommy to forget her.
Little does she know that a legendary evil once called this place "home" and he's come to lay low just after she has arrived. As he too has escaped a prison of pain, torture, poking and prodding.
When Tommy turns up at Alana's doorstep, ready to threaten her life, he has no idea that Alana is not going to be his victim this time. He's going to be Kain's.

This book is a standalone pitch-dark romance with a paranormal twist



I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

The Boys meets Superman in this story where superheroes and villains exist and you can't actually know who the true villain is. Alana has escaped her abusive boyfriend and take the job of housesitting until the most dangerous villain, The Gray, breaks in and threatens her. But soon they start to grow on one another and then more secrets begin to unveil as The Gray is not who everyone think he is.

Trigger warnings for abuse and violence here. I know that this book may not be for all of you but this story was dark and while I had some issues on how quickly Alana's and Cain's relationship escalated, I definitely enjoyed how strong Alana became as circumstances changed and she discovered the truth.

The story is dark and gripping with action and to be honest I would like to see this continuing as a series, exploring other "heroes" and "villains".

About the author:

D.S. “Dee” Wrights was born 29th March 1980 in Germany. Her name is a pen name, and she describes writing as her passion and calling. Dee speaks three languages fluently, English, German and Dutch, and some other rudimentary.
Although she started writing at an early age and two short stories were published during high school, one as a school project and one in a regional newsletter – Dee never dared of thinking to pursue a writing career. Until she started writing fanfiction and readers encouraged her to publish The Beast And Me as an ebook in May 2014.
Dee worked at a publishing house at which she earned insight into the work, process, and production of publishing books. That was the reason why she chose to do all the work herself, apart from proofreading.
When talking about her novels, Dee explains that she loves to dive into the mindset of different characters, especially those of villains and anti-heroes. However, in addition to that, she enjoys writing women who start off as weak and grow through their experiences in her books and end up being their own hero.

The question "Why do you want to be my friend?" is meant seriously. If you have more friends than books, or your answer doesn't tell me anything, I most likely won't accept the request.

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ARC Review: "Among the Beasts & Briars" by Ashley Poston

Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.

Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.

As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.



I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

Ah, the joy of finally reading about this character that Ashley mentioned as "the fox boy"! Truly this book was a fun and scary ride and I didn't realize how fast I had read it until after three hours. 
There is action, adventure, romance, and a great hint of more books coming after this one.

I enjoyed Cerys, her magic, and her willingness to carry maybe one of the hardest missions into the scariest woods. I seriously got vibes of the Forbidden Forest from Harry Potter, mixed with the spirit forest from Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke.

And the fox? Well, let's say that you don't expect that to be the animal's only charm. Witty beyond measure and also filled with the idea of transformation, both spiritually and physically, this new up-coming book by Ashley Poston is definitely one you have to read! 

About the author:

Ashley Poston’s is a part-time author and full-time fangirl. She was born in rural South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well...

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Review: "Aurora Burning" (The Aurora Cycle #2) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Our heroes are back… kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.

First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces.

And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.

Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.

When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well



How am I supposed to write this review? Every book this duo of authors write leads me either to screaming or laughing, or crying and the strange mix of all the above.
Our gang is trying...well to save the universe from both the strange creepy-plant-like aliens and also the trigger happy genocide maniac.

Not only that but Aurora has also to learn to control her powers and all the rest of of the squad, Kal, Scarlett, Finnian, Zila and Tyler also have to deal with the surrounding chaos and their own backstories. I seriously want Finnian to finally KIS Scarlett! My boy needs love and hugs! My heart also ached for Tyler and I did spy some developments in this book with a certain hot space Elf (not Kal lol)

The ending was yet another cliffhanger that let me sobbing as now I have to wait for 2021. And I did realize now what the small wound in Kal's cheek means. It's a clue for all the TERROR that happens in this book! Never let the cover steer you otherwise!

If you haven't trad the series yet do so! 

About the authors:

Jay Kristoff is the #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of six Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 12,000 days to live.

He does not believe in happy endings.
Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries, and is in development for film and TV. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.

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ARC Review: "The Player Next Door" by K.A. Tucker

The Player Next Door by K.A. Tucker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Scarlet Reed has returned to Polson Falls, convinced that twelve years away is long enough to shed her humiliating childhood identity as the town harlot's daughter. With a teaching job secured and an adorable fixer-upper to call home, things in her life are finally looking up.

That is, until she finds out that Shane Beckett lives next door.

Shane Beckett, the handsome and charismatic high school star quarterback who smashed her heart. The lying, cheating player who was supposed to be long gone, living the pro football dream and fooling women into thinking he's Prince Charming. Shane Beckett, who is as attractive as ever and flashing his dimples at her as if he has done no wrong.

Scarlet makes it abundantly clear that old wounds have not been forgotten. Neighbors they may be, but friends they most certainly are not. She won't allow herself to fall for the single father and firefighter again, no matter how many apologies he offers, how many times he rushes to her aid, or how hard he makes her heart pound.

But as she spends more time with him, she begins to fear that maybe she's wrong. Maybe Shane has changed.

And maybe this time she's the one playing herself—out of a chance at true happiness.



I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

I seriously missed the light, sweet writing of K.A Tucker! I also missed a good contemporary that was both funny and messy but also emotional and removed from the madness around us.

The story takes place in a town where Scarlet moves back as a school teacher. What she doesn't realize is that her old crush lives next door and he is both a player and also a reformed person. This was a great read. I liked Shane and his funny moments and while at the beginning Scarlet kind of annoyed me I really understood that most of her mistrust actually came from the hardships she had as a young girl.

The plot felt smooth with equal parts of swoon, humor and romance along with the prejudices that come from high school.

If you wish for something light and great then this like gem is for you! 

About the author:

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. KEEP HER SAFE made Suspense Magazine's Best of 2018 list for Romantic Suspense.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto.

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ARC Review: "The Princess Will Save You" (The Princess Will Save You #1) by Sarah Henning

The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads


When her father dies, Princess Amarande is given an ultimatum: Marry the leader of one of the four neighboring kingdoms, or lose her crown—and possibly her life. And to force her hand, her beloved, the stable boy Luca, is kidnapped.

But Amarande was raised to be a warrior, not a sacrifice.

And nothing will stop her from saving her true love and rescuing her kingdom.

The acclaimed author of Sea Witch turns the classic damsel-in-distress tale on its head with this story of adventure, identity, and love.



I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

HOLY WOW! Hit me with everything you have but I really loved this book! It's THE PRINCESS BRIDE but gender-swapped set in a world where politics can shatter kingdoms and secrets can also destroy lives.

Princess Amarande is ready to rule. She is a trained warrior and has the wit and the strength to do so. When her father dies suddenly nd the Council vies to marry her off as fast as possible, Amarande will try to set her own rules for the best of her kingdom but also for the best of her own heart and the boy she loves, Luca.

Holy s*t I never thought that a story and movie I already love could become even better. Luca MUST BE PROTECTED because that boy deserves all the love in the world! And Amarande? If she could become Wonder Woman damn she would make a great one! Her courage, kindness, and fierceness were amazing to read as also the setting of the world she dove into as she tries to save Luca.

While I did see some amazing elements from the original Princess Bride, I really liked how Sara Henning made this book unique...and threw a cliffhanger in the end. I have no idea how Amarande and Luca will face the new dangers that will surely find them in the next book. I want the sequel now!

This book is spectacular and the cover is made by the equally awesome Charlie Bowater, so yes you need this book ASAP!

About the author:

Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach Post, Kansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. While in South Florida, Sarah lived and worked through five hurricanes, which gave her an extreme respect for the ocean. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas, which, despite being extremely far from the beach, happens to be pretty cool.

ARC Review: "Season of the Wolf" (The Legend of All Wolves #4) by Maria Vale

Season of the Wolf by Maria Vale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

In a world of danger and uncertainty, the Alpha has enough to worry about without him...

For Alpha Evie Kitwanasdottir, things are never easy. The Great North Pack has just survived a deadly attack. Evie is determined to do whatever is necessary to keep her Pack safe, especially from the four Shifters who are their prisoners.

Constantine lost his parents and his humanity on the same devastating day. He has been a thoughtless killer ever since. When Constantine is moved to live under Evie's watchful eye, he discovers that taking directions and having a purpose are not the same thing.

Each moment spent together brings new revelations to Constantine, who begins to understand the loneliness of being Alpha. He finds strength and direction in helping Evie, but there is no room for a small love in the Pack, so Constantine must work harder than ever to prove to Evie he is capable of a love big enough for the Great North Pack itself.



I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

I felt blessed by the wolf goddesses when this ARC landed on my kindle. There's nothing I don't love more than wolves who try to be human, balance the wild and the human nature in a heartbreaking and sometimes funny way. 

The fourth book of the series, takes place in the aftermath of the third book. Now if you are not familiar with the series I do recommend you go and read the other books first before reading this review.

Three Shifters, mortal enemies of the Great North Pack, live among them as prisoners equally mistrusted, yet equally with the chance of becoming more. Constantine whose loneliness is a gap in his heart, falls in love with the Alpha of the Pack, Evie, who is equally lonely among the responsibilities of being an Alpha after the events of the previous books.

I loved the way Maria Vale made these characters feel so real and so...gentle in their wilderness. Also, the hidden message of the danger wolves face in the forests of both the USA and Canada couldn't be more clear in this book.

The descriptions, the rest of the characters, and both the POVs of the main characters made me wish the book was bigger so I can enjoy it even more.

I don't know if Maria Vale will continue writing more books in the series, but personally I would love to read about Arthur and Julia. 

About the author:

Maria Vale is a journalist who has worked for Publishers Weekly, Glamour, Redbook and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She's a double-Rita finalist whose books have been listed by Amazon, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, ALA Booklist & Kirkus among their Best Books of the Year. Trained as a medievalist, she persists in trying to shoehorn the language of Beowulf into things that don't really need it.

ARC Review: "Live Like Legends" by Kate Cornell

Live Like Legends by Kate Cornell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Princess Kalista has known her role from birth. She's spent her entire life preparing to be the socialite wife of a prince from a peaceful kingdom. But on her big day, she is shocked when she is instead forced to marry the warrior prince of a cursed land, who is as cold as the wintry kingdom he'll one day rule.

Carson has a throne no princess wants to share with him. An immortal beast ravages their land, and he’ll do anything to stop it, even marry a complete stranger on the day she was supposed to wed her betrothed. Let her hate him for it, but Kalista is his only hope for peace.

Kalista knows she’s just a pawn on the chessboard of politics, but now she’s expected to kill an unstoppable creature because of some legend about her bloodline that Carson believes as truth. He trains her how to fight, and when lessons in swordplay lead to lessons in love, her destiny puts more than just her life at risk.

How far is she willing to go to save the prince she never wanted…but can’t imagine living without?



I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Finally a book in which the characters not only have to learn each other but also actually try to communicate with each other! Live like legends takes place in a fantasy kingdom in which Kalista has to marry prince Carson as there is a prophecy in which both play a role.

But they don't speak the same language at all and at the same time, there are cultural differences too that they have to overcome. I enjoyed this book very much as it introduced plot details that not many YA have and I wish I could see more.

It kind of reminded me of one of my most favorite mangas ever "From Far Away" where also the main heroine, Noriko, has a language barrier to overcome.

The missing star for me goes to the book being a YA. I would also be thrilled to read this as a standalone NA or even Adult book.

Overall this was very enjoying and I wish this little gem to get more recognition it deserves.

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ARC Review: "Rage and Ruin" (The Harbinger #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rage and Ruin
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Dangerous secrets and forbidden desires lead to shocking consequences… Don’t miss book two of the fantastical Harbinger trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.

“Jennifer L. Armentrout’s intoxicating new fantasy is her best yet!” —
 New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter on Storm and Fury

A half human, half angel and her bonded gargoyle protector must work with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming…but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.



I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I know that Jennifer will always fo me a solid and write a book that will pull on my heartstrings and also make me laugh and cry. This is what happened with Rage and Ruin. To be honest, the feeling of anticipation I had for this sequel made me remember when I was anxiously waiting for the next release of the Titan series (that's Seth for you!) where I wanted to spot the next greek myth or Greek word!

Zayne and Trinity are bonded as Protector and Trueborn while the mystery behind the Harbinger thickens. Having also to deal with their growing emotions, Trinity's fear of losing everything she loves and on the other hand, having to deal with her powers and her role in the Warden community, both she and Zayne are in for lots and LOTS of conflicting emotions!

Honestly, at some scenes, I wanted to bash their heads together...and then make them kiss.

Zayne is a sweetheart. While not one of my top favorite male characters (#sorrynotsorry), he is a strong and loyal person, caring and loving and the way he supported Trinity and tried to empower her even more (Trinity has Retinitis Pigmentosa, a genetic disorder of the eyes that causes loss of vision), despite the growing mayhem heading their way.

The final pages of the book, gutted me. No words, I hadn't felt like that since I had read Opal (from the Lux Series) and that says a lots on how Jennifer is a master on writing books that hook you from the heart and then make you beg and want them more!

Finally, the aspect of ghosts and spirits was also something quite deep and spiritual. We do have Layla and Roth helping in this book and of course Bambi, but there was a scene with a certain spirit that made me cry.

This is an amazing book! If you are new to Jennifer's books, read the Dark Elements series first and then begin with this series! You will not be disappointed! 

About the author:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.

ARC Review: "Daring and the Duke" (The Bareknuckle Bastards #3) by Sarah MacLean

Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean returns with the much-anticipated final book in her Bareknuckle Bastards series, featuring a scoundrel duke and the powerful woman who brings him to his knees.

Grace Condry has spent a lifetime running from her past. Betrayed as a child by her only love and raised on the streets, she now hides in plain sight as queen of London’s darkest corners. Grace has a sharp mind and a powerful right hook and has never met an enemy she could not best...until the man she once loved returns.

Single-minded and ruthless, Ewan, Duke of Marwick, has spent a decade searching for the woman he never stopped loving. A long-ago gamble may have lost her forever, but Ewan will go to any lengths to win Grace back…and make her his duchess.

Reconciliation is the last thing Grace desires. Unable to forgive the past, she vows to take her revenge. But revenge requires keeping Ewan close, and soon her enemy seems to be something else altogether—something she can’t resist, even as he threatens the world she's built, the life she's claimed…and the heart she swore he'd never steal again.



I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

There is nothing more beautiful than reading the final book of a beloved series. Sure you are filled with the sadness of the ending, but the ending is worth it.

"Daring and the Duke" tells the story of Grace and Ewan, a pair that I had so many expectations of especially after reading the previous books and getting glimpses of them. A story of redemption, forgiveness and love worth dying for, both Grace and Ewan had to fight their own pasts in order to claim their future.

I enjoyed reading about Grace, a liberated woman in a world that became even stricter after Queen Victoria's coronation and where women had even less rights than men. The mystery of her club, her gang of amazing women, and the sensuality of Sarah's writing encaptured me as I read this book in a day.

This is one of the best books (as of now) by Sarah MacLean and I am anxiously waiting for the next one! Totally recommended! 

About the author:

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. A romance columnist and co-host of the weekly romance novel podcast, Fated Mates, her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on's Sheroes list and led Entertainment Weekly to call her "the elegantly fuming, utterly intoxicating queen of historical romance." Sarah is a graduate of Smith College & Harvard University. She lives in New York City.